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“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ~ David Mitchell.

The Philosophy of Philosophy

The Philosophy of Philosophy

An article wherein I discuss the subjectivity of experience, and its interrelationship with philosophy with references to neurobiology and neuropsychology. I am reflective. Through reading a simple yet informative book on neuropsychology (“Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology” by Paul Broks) I have realised just how little I know. I had glimpsed this in reading Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s seminal work, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”, where the link between the gut and the brain was explored in great depth….

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On the Nature of Life and Death

On the Nature of Life and Death

I have been thinking a lot on the nature of life and death. They are, in my eyes, one; there is no longer distinction between them. All things are energy; all things are moving. In fact, one might say there is only life—for, when photons (light particles) slow their movements (as occurs around black holes), what we know as “time” slows down. Without movement, life ceases to exist. That is the true death—the anthesis of life. But all things which…

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A New Style

A New Style

Let it be known that I have been trying to find a new artistic style for a long time—my artistic style. It seems that since the age of 13 I’d lost the damn thing. I still feel very lost, amidst the annals of self-judgement and rational criticism. But, struggling, I’m finding my way. Listening to the sometimes senseless voice of oneself is, for me, a hard thing. I rue the day I ever learned consistency was important in art, and…

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Writing and Artistic Creation

Writing and Artistic Creation

I have, for many years, been a writer. Some might say 20, but I cannot remember the exact year I began to write, and indeed, the process of growing up has been a long one. I have learned a lot in this time—about the world, myself, and the structures of man all. But mostly, I like to believe, I have learned of myself, and my values in this life—though the process still is ongoing, as it ever will be. I…

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One Big Story

One Big Story

I remember that a great director once said “we only ever make one movie” in our lifetime. The tale remains the same, is universal (monomyth, anyone?). And I realised this myself, in my own art, whilst working a painting for Sharmie yesterday. Since I have let go of The Silver One, my creativity has flourished (apparently listening to “active imagination” visions is a wise thing, as painful as their words may be at times to hear. Though they are also…

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Chief Seattle’s Letter, Dated Around 1855

Chief Seattle’s Letter, Dated Around 1855

As read by Joseph Campbell1, this letter touched me deeply, which is why I am sharing it below (there is some speculation as to its accuracy, but I leave it to you to judge: considering its importance in events, there would be great political interest to change it from all parties. What lies below, however, is deeply moving). “The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky?…

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On the Writing of Books

On the Writing of Books

I believed for a long time that the writing of books was a serious and severe sort of thing. It took me a long time to realise that publishing books was no different than publishing to the internet—we do our best, but in the end it is imperfect, and a mere step on the journey; a human manifestation of knowledge. We do not live in an age where we can spend our lifetime on a piece of art, such as…

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A Warning Against Modern Marketing Techniques

A Warning Against Modern Marketing Techniques

Marketing advice can be good, especially when you’re trying to get your business off the ground. It can give you an extra edge against those ‘commoners’ who don’t really know what they’re doing, but do it anyway (as most of us do, and this is perfectly OK). But marketing is not the ‘be-all and end-all’. It is advice others offer to give; advice they have found practical, or makes things easier, or what they think will work (or for whatever…

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The Functioning of the Human Body, Mind, and “Soul”

The Functioning of the Human Body, Mind, and “Soul”

Something I want to teach people is how to listen to their own bodies, their own thoughts, their own minds. Like the subconscious, the immune system is constantly working to maintain the health and balance of the body—as are your tastebuds, instincts, and own cravings (modern, processed foods and substances aside). And, like the immune system, the subconscious is almost like a bit of internal scripting to keep the conscious psyche in check. That is to say, that we are…

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The Dreaming Sentinel

The Dreaming Sentinel

The journey to where I am now has been interesting. I am someone who hated school. At first it was love, for at heart knowledge is the truth I seek, but then it was sorrow, as I was let down from my ideals to the harsh reality of what it was. Then, I was too young to understand the Machiavellian ways in which rulers conduct themselves—only now that I do, I am of neither mind as to whether such things…

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